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DHS set to host track camp

Camp for incoming first through ninth graders set for June 6-10
The Durango High School track and field team will host a youth camp at DHS on June 6-10. William Knight, pictured competing in the shot put for DHS, attended the camp when he was younger. Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

The Durango High School track and field team will again host a youth camp, for incoming first through ninth graders, on June 6-10.

The camp, which is the high school team’s annual fundraiser and helps it travel to meets, will be broken into two groups. Incoming first through fifth graders will work on their skills from 8-11 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

The sixth through ninth graders will then hit the track from 3-6 p.m.

The camp will culminate with a track meet Friday evening, from 5 p.m. to about 8 p.m.

The campers will learn skills in the shot put, long jump, high jump, hurdles, block starts and handoffs as well as running and sprinting form. Middle school athletes also will learn pole vault skills.

“We go over the basics and go from there,” said DHS head coach Johnny Bertrand, noting that they go in more in-depth with some of the more advanced middle school athletes.

Durango High School athletes will help campers at the different stations and help run the meet Friday.

Bertrand said campers can choose up to four events in the track meet, and have to do a minimum of two.

The camp costs $150, or $30 per day, and includes the skills work, a T-shirt, the meet, pizza after the meet and snacks every day. Space is limited.

For more information and to register, email Bertrand at JBertrand@durangoschools.org.